Last updated: March, 2017
1a. Public Information Services’ Commitment to Your Privacy
1b. Privacy Pledge
1c. Information Protection
We use SSL-encryption technology when transferring and receiving transactional consumer data. SSL encrypts your private information during transmission processes from both our website and affiliates’ websites. We have partnered with reliable encryption services, including VeriSign to protect against loss, improper use, or alteration of information that we have collected from you. Although we store Personally Identifiable Information in a secure domain, no data transmission is guaranteed to be 100% secure.
Despite the fact we take all measures to protect your Personally Identifiable Information, you acknowledge that there are security and privacy limitations due to the nature of the Internet, which are beyond our control. The security, integrity, and privacy of all information and data transmitted between you and our site cannot be fully guaranteed. Any such information may be viewed or interfered with in transit by a third-party. Although our efforts are strong, we make no warranty, express, implied, or otherwise, that we will surely prevent unauthorized access to your private information.
2a. Types of Information Collected
To provide you with our services, we collect two distinguishable types of information about our users: Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information.
2b. Personally Identifiable Information
For the purpose of this agreement, “Personally Identifiable Information” shall be defined as: information, which allows us to understand the specifics of who you are. Certain activities on our site, registering for a membership, ordering a product or service, or sending us feedback may ask you to provide personal information by submitting an online form. It is completely optional to choose to engage in one of these activities. If you choose to participate in any of these activities, we may ask that you provide us with personal information, including but not limited to, first and last name, mailing address (zip code included), email address, employer(s), job title and department, telephone, assets, liabilities, etc. In the process of ordering products or services on the site, you may be asked to provide debit or credit card information. Depending on the extent of the product or service, such information may be a necessity in obtaining the product and/or service.
2c. Non-Personally Identifiable Information
For the purpose of this agreement, “Non-Personally Identifiable Information” shall be defined as: information that does not, standing alone, identify a specific individual. Depending on where you visit our site, we are able to gather specific information. The information collected may be analyzed on both a personal and an aggregated basis. Examples of information may include, the websites Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) that you just arrived from, the URL you visit directly afterward, the specific browser being used, and the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address.
A URL is a specific character string, the global address of objects, documents, and other resources on the World Wide Web. An IP address is a numerical label assigned to a computer or device on a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (“TC/IP”) network, such as the World Wide Web. Networks like the Web use the TC/IP protocol to route information based on the IP address of the destination. That is, an IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer whenever you are navigating through the web. This allows web servers to locate and identify your computer. IP addresses are required in order for users to communicate through Internet resources.
2d. How Do We Use the Information We Collect?
In order to maintain a secure site, we will store cookies on your computer in order to facilitate and tailor your use of our site. A cookie is a small data text file. A website stores a cookie on your computer’s hard drive (if permitted) and can be retrieved later to make you more identifiable to us. You have the option to decline our cookies if your browser permits. Do keep in mind however that cookies help our site perform properly. If you choose to decline, there is the possibility some parts of our site may not function properly.
There are instances where we use an outside, ad serving company to display banner advertisements on our site. We do not provide any such third-party ad server with your Personally Identifiable Information. As part of the company’s service, they will place a separate cookie on your computer. Also, other advertisers have the option to place banner ads on our site. We do not disclose any Personal Identifiable Information to them. Our third-party ad server may collect and use Non-Personally Identifiable Information about you, including the browser type, your IP address, response option to a particular ad, the server logged into, and the area code and zip code associated with your server.
2e. Who Do We Share Your Information With?
We must release debit and credit card information to the card-issuing bank to confirm payment for products and services purchased on this site. Through this transaction, Personally Identifiable Information is released to a third party to help us secure our service. The use of your Personally Identifiable Information by our service providers is governed by the policies of those service providers, and not under our control.
Certain instances may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide Personally Identifiable Information to the appropriate governmental authorities. We are obligated by law to disclose Personally Identifiable Information upon receipt of a court order, subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation. We reserve the right to cooperate with law enforcement agencies, report requested information, and provide information about instances of illegal activity.
As part of our service, you may receive email newsletters and updates announcing promotional offers and/ or new features from us and/or our marketing partners. These email updates may also include offers from our marketing partners that may be of interest to you. If you want to update your email or stop receiving updates from our marketing partners or us, follow the unsubscribe procedure at the bottom of the newsletter or email. To opt out of receiving offers from our marketing partners, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose to opt-out of third party offers, please email us at email@example.com and we will work towards having your email cleared from our third party’s lists.
4. Business Transactions
As our business develops and expands, there may be an occasion where we may buy or sell assets. During such transactions, customer information (both Personally Identifiable and Non-Personally Identifiable Information) may be one of the transferred business assets. In the event that we, or all of our assets are acquired, such customer information will be included with the transferred assets.
6. Changes to Our Policy
If you do not agree with these terms, please do not move forward and access or use this site.
7. Contact Information / Other
Age: To be eligible to use Public Information Services, you must be at least eighteen (18) years old. Our products and services are not intended for minors. We do not knowingly collect, use or disclose Personally Identifiable Information about visitors who are under the age of eighteen (18).
FCRA: We are not a consumer reporting agency as defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), [15 U.S.C § 1681]. The information in our databases has not been collected in whole or in part for the purpose of furnishing consumer reports. YOU ARE PROHIBITED FROM USING OUR SERVICES AS A FACTOR IN (1) ESTABLISHING AN INDIVIDUAL’S ELIGIBILITY FOR ISSUANCE OF PERSONAL CREDIT OR INSURANCE (2) EVALUATING AN INDIVIDULAL FOR EMPLOYMENT, PROMOTION, REASSIGNMENT, OR RETENTION (3) ANY OTHER PERSONAL BUSINESS WITH ANOTHER INDIVIDIDUAL (INCLUDING, NOT LIMITED TO, LEASING PROPERTY).
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Other Websites: This site contains links to other resources and websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such websites. We may choose to make chat rooms, forums, news groups, etc. available to you in the future. Any information disclosed in these areas will become public information and we are not liable for its use. Please exercise caution and care when disclosing Personally Identifiable Information.
8. Other Internet Privacy Resources
If you would like to further your research and become more informed about your Privacy Rights, the following resources provide information and services. (1) Electronic Privacy and Information Center (“EPIC”) is a public interest research center in Washington, DC. EPIC was established in 1994, and works in association with Privacy International, an international Human Rights Group based in London. EPIC is a member of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign and the Internet Privacy Coalition. (2) The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is a bipartisan federal agency founded to protect consumers. The FTC protects consumers by enforcing various federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. Through such efforts, the FTC develops rules to ensure a fair, fraudulent free marketplace. (3) The National Fraud Information Center (“NFIC”) was founded in 1992 by the National Consumers league. NFIC assists consumers in fighting telemarketing fraud. The NFIC also offers advice on how to avoid being victimized. (4) The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (“PRC”) provides identity theft resources, and empowers consumers to protect their personal privacy.